In order to fully focus on the Rio Olympics and put all his attention to preparation, Fabian Cancellera has withdrawn from the tour de France.
The Olympics that are bound to take place in Rio de Janeiro has caused the sportsman to exit the tour with an early farewell.
Although he deemed it a necessary move, Cancellera admitted that it was a difficult step to take, as leaving the tour would deny him the chance of emerging victorious. The decision was said to have been made jointly between him and his management and was made known to the press through a press release.
“This was not an easy decision to take. But I feel it is the right one, I don’t like withdrawing from a race, especially not when our GC leader is in second place at four days from Paris,” he said.
He then added: “With some really hard stages ahead of us, my support would naturally be more limited so we took the decision to withdraw. It was a hard tour for me. A lot of stress and I feel tired. If I want to be good at the Olympics, I need rest.”
Cancellera went on to express that the tour had been a difficult one and in order to perform well and bring his best package to the Olympics, he needed to take off.
The sportsman alone as even his team management agrees that Fabian’s focus would be better used if directed at the Olympics does not share this sentiment.
The general manager of the team, Luca Guercilena said:
“Fabian has ridden a tremendous tour de France, he was our designated road captain and in this capacity led the team through 17 stages in a very composed way.
“Bauke mollema is currently second place overall-in part, through strong teamwork by the whole team. This is why we decided to allow him to rest up and prepare for the Olympic Games. We all know he is eyeing the time trial and a rider like Fabian needs sufficient recovery.”